Poppy Bracey was found hanged in her bedroom. She was taken to hospital but died later
The teenager attended Lowton High School (pictured) in Leigh, Greater Manchester
An investigation has been launched into the death of a 13-year-old schoolgirl amid claims she hanged herself after being bullied because she was pretty.
Poppy Bracey was found in her bedroom last week after returning home from her Manchester school. The teenager was taken to hospital but later died.
Council officials said today they are looking into allegations Poppy was being bullied in the run up to the death.
Friends at 1,000-pupil Lowton High School, in Leigh, posted a series of messages on internet sites claiming Poppy was being picked on.
One, at the specialist sports college where former pupils include Ting Tings singer Katie White, said: 'This poor girl was apparently being bullied at Lowton High School and has sadly ended her own life by hanging herself.'
Another said: 'Why would someone want to bully her?? Apart from jealousy.'
Hannah Manley wrote 'It's so sad to see what caused your death a bunch of pathetic low lifes who had bullied you to make themselves feel better. You are soo pretty and I pray you're so much happier up in heaven Poppy.
Kayleigh Midgley said: 'You were stunning what a shame. Hope the b******s feel so guilty.'
Sue Higson said: 'Poppy you are an angel, hope you are resting in peace, and smiling down to your family and friends, who are missing you everyday.
'God only takes the best young, you are in Heaven, and this must be hell for your family without you, Someday you will all be together.'
Poppy was in foster care and living in Leigh, at the time of her death.
Nick Hudson, council executive director for Children and Young People's Services, said: 'Poppy's untimely and tragic death has shocked and saddened many people.
'However, there is an investigation under way into the cause of her death and as a result we feel it is inappropriate to speculate about what has happened until the outcome of the coroner's inquest.
'Our thoughts at this time are with Poppy's family, friends and all who cared about her at this difficult time.'
Lowton High School headteacher John Shanahan said: 'Poppy was a lively, bright and friendly young person who was popular with both staff and students.
'She will be remembered for the care and consideration she showed to others as well as for her dry sense of humour.'
On its website the school said: 'The welfare and happiness of our students is central.'
It adds: 'Our aim is to ensure that they develop into thoughtful, mature and fulfilled young adults equipped to make the most of the opportunities available to them when they leave us.
'We work hard to ensure that the whole school community works together in a climate of mutual respect and support.'
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: 'Police were called to a house following a concern for welfare.
'Officers attended and a 13-year-old girl was taken to hospital, where she later died.
There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death and the details have been passed to the coroner.'
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